Final pieces in place for Erdoğan’s alleged coup to take over Turkish government

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Having made it no secret he seeks to transform Turkey so he can wield absolute authority with no checks and balances, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has allegedly begun the final push to implement a ‘palace coup’ and wrest control of the Turkish government from its parliament. “Erdoğan is playing his final hand to bring about the palace coup he has been planning for a long time. His plans have been swiftly put into action,” wrote government whistleblower and Twitter phenomenon ... Read More »

Jack Knox: Victoria philanthropist reveals he survived atomic bombing

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The atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m. Rudi Hoenson didn’t see the B-29 that dropped it — “We were not allowed to stand and look at things” — but he heard it. Times Colonist – Jack Knox The plane droned overhead as Hoenson and his fellow prisoners of war laboured to clear the rubble left by an earlier conventional air raid, one that had killed the man sheltering next to him. This time, death arrived without warning. Hoenson ... Read More »

Why the U.S. wants to destroy Russia

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This is a history lesson you should have learned at school, but didn’t. Australian National Review – In 1904, Sir Halford Mackinder, the first Principal of University Extension College and Director of the London School of Economics, separated the world into a few regions: the “world island,” which included Europe, Asia and Africa [he also called it “heartland” and referred to Russia], the offshore islands, including the islands of Japan and the British Isles and the outlying islands, which included the ... Read More »

ISIS’ Role Model: Pol Pot’s ‘Genocidal’ Khmer Rouge

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In an excellent exploratory piece by Graeme Woods in The Atlantic this month, he notes in passing the similarities between ISIS and the Khmer Rouge. It’s a worthy comparison – further highlighted by ISIS’ destruction of antiquities as reported last week – and something that merits a deeper look. The National Interest – Elliot Brennan In the 1960s and 70s, communism was arguably the Western world’s equivalent to today’s global battle with Islamic jihad. Its scourge and spread in the midst of ... Read More »

The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

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AINA – They destroy museums, they burn libraries, and yes they hunt vulnerable minorities like the Christians and Yazidis to kill, starve, rape or subjugate. In Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) while killing the present and denying the future, is waging war on history. By Hisham Melhem * In the span of few days we witnessed an orgy of destruction at the Mosul museum where exquisite artifacts and magnificent winged bulls from the era of the Assyrian ... Read More »

Turkish military mission becomes media circus

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Public relations photos distributed to the press Feb. 22 overshadowed the realities of Turkey’s cross-border military operation. An image showed soldiers hoisting the Turkish flag exactly in the same manner and style as that unforgettable picture at Iwo Jima. Summary: Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party framed its cross-border mission to evacuate the Tomb of Suleiman Shah as a victory for the nation, but political opposition and social media commenters saw much to mock about the operation. AUTHOR: Cengiz Çandar Another photo ... Read More »

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems


In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. The two men debated the political problems faced by society, and the technological solutions engendered by the global network—from the ... Read More »

Turkey’s Hegemonial Ventures in Syria and Iraq

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As the U.S.-led air strikes targeted the Islamic State (IS) fighters across the Syrian frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani became more forsaken than ever. The township is now at the mercy of IS militants, who are poised to capture it after three weeks of siege. Kobani, which is the Kurdish name of the township, is known by its Arabic name as Ayn al Arab. Its original name was Arabounar, given by the survivors of the ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: “We believe that joining our voices to loudly condemn the atrocities committed by ISIL has become a requirement for peace ... Read More »

Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign


The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon period given to centre-right Prime Minister John Key by the mainstream press was interrupted last month by the release of ... Read More »

Syria’s Cultural Artifacts Are Blood Diamonds for ISIS


The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage could have even more widespread ramifications than we realize, the Wall Street Journal reports. Christian C. Sahner takes a close look at the motivation behind the widely reported destruction of religious, historical, and cultural sites, arguing that “the nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores, and to erase entire chapters of the country’s past in the expectation of radically reshaping its future.” As such, Syria’s cultural heritage is ... Read More »

At Issue Is Who Shall Rule The World

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Interview With Michael Hudson “ICH” – “RT” – –    RT: Could you summarize for us the tried and tested steps that will lead from IMF loans, to Ukraine’s best assets ending up in private Western hands – the IMF’s ‘knee-breaker’ role as you memorably described it as? Michael Hudson: The basic principle to bear in mind is that finance today is war by non-military means. The aim of getting a country in debt is to obtain its economic surplus, ending up with ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State


“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present age of SWAT team raids, police shootings of unarmed citizens, roadside strip searches, and invasive surveillance might feel as if ... Read More »

Game is as great as ever, and empires as avaricious

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Illustration: michaelmucci.com Join the debate: SMH Comment It seems the good people of Sevastopol really want to be Russian. All 123 per cent of them turned out to vote in this week’s referendum to say so. They’re a fickle bunch, though. If they’re anything like their fellow Crimeans, only about a third of them felt this way in 2011, and only a quarter still did last year. This week it’s in the vicinity of 97 per cent. That’s some turnaround, ... Read More »

Putin’s Motives Rooted in History Remain a Mystery Abroad

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As tensions between Russia and the West grew more heated with Vladimir Putin’s rapid move yesterday to recognize Crimea as an independent state, his actions and motives remain opaque to U.S. and European officials. Some in the U.S., including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have dismissed the Russian president as “delusional” or intent on recreating the Soviet Union. Others, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, see President Putin taking his strategic cues from Adolf Hitler’s 1930’s playbook to ... Read More »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Washington’s plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base has come amiss. But to turn around Lenin’s quote, “two steps forward, one step back.” Do you remember all the tough talk coming from John Kerry, the White House Fool, Hilary Clinton, and the lickspittle Merkel about the harsh sanctions that would “badly damage” the Russian economy unless Russia prevented the referendum vote in Crimea? Well, it was all bullshit, more hot air from the ... Read More »